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 |  Nov 12, 2000  |  0 comments

Convergence is more than a buzzword in the minds of the engineers at <A HREF=""> Hauppauge Digital, Inc</A>. The New York electronics manufacturer has announced what it is calling "the first personal video recorder for PCs." In development for eighteen months, the WinTV-PVR is built to occupy a single PCI slot, and allows the recording and playback of television programs via computer. The device is compatible with Microsoft Windows 98 and Windows ME, and comes bundled with a remote control and an FM receiver for the PC.

HT Staff  |  Nov 11, 2000  |  0 comments
Business travelers often find themselves a captive audience for airlines movie offerings. Sharp Electronics now has a lightweight key to entertainment freedom: the DV-L80U portable DVD player. Sharp claims the player's 8" screen is the largest LCD of its type---more than 30% larger than that of the new unit's predecessor---and in widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio.
Barry Willis  |  Nov 10, 2000  |  0 comments

What would you pay for a display with more than four times the resolution of the best HDTV on the market today? Don't even bother to answer that unless you are an official at the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, which is scheduled to receive the first such units from <A HREF=""> IBM</A>. The new 22-inch display boasts an astounding 200 pixels per inch and a total of more than 9 million pixels on its screen. It is said to create images "as clear as an original photograph."

HT Staff  |  Nov 08, 2000  |  0 comments
Desktop theater has been taken to a new level by Samsung Electronics with the introduction of the SyncMaster 240T, claimed to be the world's first HDTV-ready 24" analog/digital LCD monitor. The dual-mode analog/digital monitor will debut at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, November 13-17.
 |  Nov 05, 2000  |  0 comments

A satellite receiver with programmable recording capability is now available nationwide from <A HREF="">DirecTV</A>. The result of a four-way collaboration among the direct broadcast satellite service, hard disk recording pioneer <A HREF="">TiVo, Inc.</A>, Philips Electronics, and Sony Electronics, the DirecTV Receiver with TiVo technology allows consumers to select, record, and time-shift programming selected from among DirecTV's more than 225 channels, according to a November 2 press release.

Dan Yakir  |  Nov 05, 2000  |  0 comments

M<I>ichael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Alfonso Arau, Manuel Ojeda. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1. Dolby Digital 5.1. 106 minutes. 1984. Fox Home Entertainment 4110401. PG. $ 29.95.</I>

 |  Nov 05, 2000  |  0 comments

Digital television, the broadcast format, may still be in limbo, but digital television, the consumer electronics category, is going strong. Figures released November 2 by the <A HREF="">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA) show 368,947 DTV displays were shipped from factories to dealers during the first nine months of 2000, nearly seven times the number of displays sold during the same period in 1999.

Barry Willis  |  Nov 05, 2000  |  0 comments

If this were a logical world, money spent by movie studios in advertising new films would always translate into returns at the box office. But as any movie fan will tell you, the entertainment business is far from logical&mdash;in fact, there doesn't appear to be any direct relationship between spending on television ads for new releases and the box office numbers generated by those new releases. It's enough to drive an accountant crazy.

Jon Iverson  |  Nov 05, 2000  |  0 comments

The results of a recent study released by <A HREF="">TechTrends</A> last week reveal that consumer electronics manufacturers are poised to take significant market share from traditional set-top box makers. TechTrends reports that, by next year, half of North America's leading cable operators will deploy digital set-top boxes from Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer or Sony, at the expense of Motorola and Scientific-Atlanta.

HT Staff  |  Nov 02, 2000  |  0 comments
The computer is already an integral part of most technophile's lives, but has yet to make its presence felt in the home theater realm. That may change with the introduction of a DTV receiver card for PCs from San Jose, CA-based Global Telemann Systems.
HT Staff  |  Nov 02, 2000  |  0 comments
Last January, Runco International took a bold step by building an affordable lightweight projector incorporating Texas Instruments' Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology. The sub-$10K VX-101 was among the first affordable projectors using TI's single-chip device, with near-high-definition results.
 |  Oct 29, 2000  |  0 comments

Hoping to fulfill the long-awaited promise of delivering broadband entertainment direct to the television, <A HREF="">Intertainer</A>, <A HREF="">uniView Technologies</A>, and Microsoft have buddied up and announced that they will join <A HREF=""></A> to market-test a service that will provide asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) broadband entertainment directly to consumers' televisions. says it expects to deploy the service to its more than 35,000 subscribers next year following completion of the trial.

HT Staff  |  Oct 29, 2000  |  0 comments
Home theater for one---or "desktop theater" as it's sometimes known---has been taken to the next level by Zenith Corporation with the ZLD15A1, a 15.1"-diagonal high-definition capable LCD television/computer monitor.
Jon Iverson  |  Oct 29, 2000  |  0 comments

Last week, <A HREF="">Sony</A> and <A HREF="">Candescent Technologies</A>, a developer of flat panel displays (FPD), announced an agreement to extend their existing partnership. In October 1998, the two companies announced their initial agreement regarding the joint development of high voltage Field Emission Display (FED) technology for "next generation" thin, flat-panel displays. The new agreement extends their joint technology development partnership, under which the two companies say they will co-fund these activities, until December 2001.

 |  Oct 29, 2000  |  0 comments

The battle of the giants continued in late October as <A HREF="">Walt Disney Company</A> filed another complaint with the <A HREF="">Federal Communications Commission</A> over a proposed merger between Time Warner and America Online. This time, Disney is protesting that the companies will keep competitors from using AOL/TW-controlled interactive-TV services